Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Iowa peaked in April 2020 at 10.5% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Iowa 3.0% -0.3 -1.5

Note: All comparisons are made with April data as May state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in April 2020 at 180,434. There are now 129,575 fewer people unemployed in the state. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 50,859 -4,730 -23,939

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to April 2022

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 3.0% 50,859
March 2022 3.6% 3.3% 55,589
February 2022 3.8% 3.5% 59,499
January 2022 4.0% 3.7% 62,735
December 2021 3.9% 3.9% 64,852
November 2021 4.2% 3.9% 65,111
October 2021 4.6% 4.0% 66,317
September 2021 4.7% 4.1% 68,755
August 2021 5.2% 4.3% 71,865
July 2021 5.4% 4.4% 74,095
June 2021 5.9% 4.5% 75,261